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CROSS-COUNTRY

The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - September16, 1996 - 7B

sMichigan women harriers capture Jayhawk Invitational

ByMark Snyder
Daily Sports Witer
Cross-country meets are not much
different from practice for the
Wolverines' women's team, because in
both situations, they are running
against their teammates. -
Led by freshman Elizabeth
ampfe's second-place finish,
Michigan improved its record to 2-0 by
winning the Jayhawk Invitational in
Lawrence, Kan.
Seven of the top 10 finishers were

Wolverines, combining for a team
score of 22 points.
Kampfe led all Michigan finishers
in the five-kilometer race with a time
of 17:11.
As impressive as Kampfe's perfor-
mance was, the rest of the Wolverines
were the reason Michigan trounced the
12-team field.
Michigan freshman Allison Noe,
who won last week's meet in East
Lansing, finished third in Lawrence,
crossing the finish line in 17:14.

Such domination is rare in such a
large meet, but Michigan was well pre-
pared.
"Coach McGuire) has been really
great," Michigan freshman Julie Froud
said before the meet. "He's worked us
really hard, and we've had some great
workouts."
The extra effort paid off. Froud, who
finished fourth, was among the leaders
with a time of 17:22.
Michigan's combined time of
1:26:39 was more than two minutes

faster than second-place Kansas State
and four minutes faster than host
Kansas.
Although Michigan defeated the
Wildcats, 22-43, Kansas State could
take solace in the first- and fifth-place
individual finishes of its runners. The,
Wildcats' Cristy Swartz won the meet
by eight seconds in a time of 17:03.
At the Jayhawk Invitational, team
points were tabulated on the basis of
the top five finishers from each
school. With five out of the top seven

finishers Wolverines, the meet was
not even close.
Saturday's victory bolstered the
Wolverines' confidence as they eye
their fourth Big Ten title in five years.
For the second consecutive week,
Michigan's upperclassmen did not
compete, and the younger runners
seized the opportunity.
The Wolverines top three finishers,
Kampfe, Noe and Froud, are in their

first season running for the
Wolverines, while Katie McGregor,
who came in sixth -overall, is only a
sophomore.
One of the reasons for so many top
Michigan- finishers at the Jayhawk
Invitational has to do with the team's
strategy during meets. With so many
talented athletes, the Wolverines are
able to run in a pack and pace them-
selves off each other.

M' men's cross-country stays in pack to win

Jacob Wheeler
ror the Daily
The Michigan men's cross-country team returned
from the Jayhawk Invitational with an expected, yet
encouraging victory this weekend.
Overall, Michigan won the meet with 35 points,
followed by Southern Illinois (78) and U.S. Navy
(84).
"We were pretty happy with the way we ran as a
team Saturday,' Michigan senior co-captain Scott
MacDonald said. "The gap between our first- and
Kth- (place) runners wasn't very big, and that's
encouraging.
"It was our first big meet of the season (away from
home), so there was a lot of verbal communication
and helping each other out during the race;' said
MacDonald, who finished second in the 8,000 meters.
Not running against any real top-notch competi-
tiri, Michigan coach Ron Warhurst's squad was just
concentrating on running as a team.

"In a race like this, we just stuck together (until)
two-thirds of the way through the race, before spread-
ing out for the finish," Michigan sophomore Todd
Snyder said. "In addition to the rest of the team, it was
nice having the girls' (team) there cheering us on."
Wolverine runners had an advantage before
Saturday's race even began. The Jayhawk Invitational
featured a flatter course than Michigan is used to, so
the best team there was in better shape than anyone
else.
"Our course at home is just a grinder, (but) here, it's
ideal for a race because the ground is nice and hard,"
Snyder said.
The results were shining maize and blue. As
expected, sophomore John Mortimer and MacDonald
were the top two runners, with times of 24:37 and
24:51.
The next four Michigan runners were all within one
minute of Mortimer. Senior David Barnett ran a 25:02
for sixth place. Ryan Swan finished 12th with a time

of 25:21. Nic Watson and Todd Snyder finished 14th
and 15th with times of 25:28 and 25:29, respectively.
Other Michigan times included Jeff Beuche, 25:45;
Jeff Rogers, 25:52; Ryan Burt, 26:05 and Chris Bunt,
26:10. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Steve
Lawrence wasn't able to compete due to a mix-up in
the paperwork.
"That was real disappointing," Snyder said. "Being
one of our top five runners, he's a real lift."
With two weeks off, the runners will now begin a
rigorous training period in preparation for a tough
upcoming meet at Notre Dame.
"We need to get our mileage up a little bit,"
MacDonald said. "It's our goal to be ranked in the top
four in the country by nationals."
The Wolverines were ranked 11th in the nation
coming into the weekend. An impressive race against
the Fighting Irish - also ranked among the nation's
elite - would be a huge step toward a top-five rank-
ing.

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